A lifelong dieter and formerly obese woman who turned things around, I lost 80 pounds and gained a new identity as a strong and fit person. I also became a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (non practicing). However in the past 5-ish years, things just stopped working like they used to. And man, am I tired. I knew something wasn’t right, but it was quite by accident two years ago while getting an ultrasound on a swollen salivary gland that it was discovered that my thyroid was covered in small nodules. Lab tests then found that I have elevated thyroid antibodies, which confirmed a Hashimoto’s diagnosis.
Hashimoto’s can play out differently for different people. For me, the most troubling symptoms are:
- I’ve lost my stamina, my mojo, my energy. Where I used to workout hard, long and frequently, I now have to moderate myself. I can no longer workout 2 days in a row, or at max capacity, or for long durations. I can’t even do a morning of household chores, followed by grocery shopping, and expect to still have more in me to play later. If I do, I’ll pay for it with exhaustion and excessively sore muscles and joints.
- My weight won’t budge without extreme efforts (except slowly in the upward direction!).
I’m on meds (Natural Desiccated Thyroid), and while my lab results are now in the normal ranges, I still have high antibodies and I’m still experiencing the same symptoms. But I’m not ready to give in just yet. I’m “only” 49. I still have a lot of years ahead of me.
Disclaimer: I am not a health professional, and any opinions expressed here are based on my own experience only.
There are many sources “out there” to explain the ins and outs of Hashimoto’s so I am going to spare you all the details and will assume if you are reading this, you already know. I’ll just leave it at this: Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to destroy the tissue of the thyroid. The thyroid is the gland that controls the metabolism, which is much more than just how many calories we burn at work, rest and play. The metabolism is the sum of every chemical reaction that occurs in the body. Calorie burn is a result of that. So is recovery from illness, wounds or injury. So is mood, and libido, and skin and joints and mental processes. Generally, your overall bodily reactions slow down, and therefore, so too does your rate of calorie burn.
If you’re new to this, and need more, there are 2 great resources that helped me learn about this condition:
- Dr Izabella Wentz’s book, Hashimoto’s Protocol, is a comprehensive text about the thyroid, Hashimoto’s, and a program to help guide you as you look for your root causes.
- The Facebook group Hashimoto’s411 has a TON of information to be found, and a large group of active members. While there appear to be some very informed administrators and members, they are not doctors so do weigh what they tell you with other sources, including your doctor’s guidance.
About this blog
This blog is going to be part diary – a place where I will share with you my experience of reclaiming my health while I work with my team of experts and doctors to learn what works for me to thrive again. I hope that if you can relate, you might find some inspiration and ideas that might help you too. The other part of this blog is to be a resource for you who are reading it. I will share with you trustworthy information and professionals who just might be able to help you as you search for answers and direction. And throughout, I’m hoping you’ll share with me too. Let’s make this place a small community where we can find support, comfort and friendship as we all find our way back to who we were…. or perhaps I should say, find our way forward to our new, stronger selves.
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